This is Nikon’s Updated Mirrorless Lens Roadmap


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Nikon just released its latest roadmap for upcoming Nikkor Z Series full-frame mirrorless lenses. There have already been changes to the roadmap since it was first shown at Photokina 2018 a few months ago.

Here’s the previous roadmap that Nikon shared during its Z Series announcement on August 22nd, 2018:

It seems the 20mm and 24mm have swapped places in the timeline. The 24mm f/1.8 that was originally planned for 2020 is now set to be unveiled this year, and the 20mm f/1.8 that was supposed to arrive this year has been pushed back to 2020.

Nikon is

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Film is Alive!… But it May Have a Terminal Illness


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The defiant cry of the nostalgic hipster that’s become a hashtag: #filmisnotdead. But why? It’s 2019, people — the digital camera reigns supreme; why won’t this analog trend die? Rationalism abandons the old way in recognition of the new’s superior efficiency. The combine harvester supplanted the scythe, clocks replaced the sundial, and electric lights extinguished the candle.

However, technology in art does not often follow such a linear path of progression, as art does not demand rationality — sometimes it can even suffer for it. Part of this is because fashion and trend influences so much of what people consume,

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Photography is the Bastard Art


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Photography is the bastard art. There are many reasons for this, not the least of which is that everyone owns a smartphone and many of those people are under the mistaken impression that they are “excellent” photographers.

We’ve also been brainwashed by decades of advertising from Canon, Nikon, Sony, and many others with the message that all you have to do is use their camera, lens or printing paper and your images will “look” professional. This is akin to saying “if you buy a Stradivarius violin you will play like Itzhak Perlman.” And as we know, a top-notch camera

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Where Mirrorless is Headed in 2019


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2018 was an important year for mirrorless. As we kick off the new year, it’s a good time for some reflection on the market. I’ve written quite a bit about where we are now that all the big players are seriously in the mirrorless game. This time I thought I’d write about what I think each company will/should be doing in the coming year+.

Technology is relentless, so unless a company has clear plans that match up with ongoing customer needs and expectations, it’s easy to make a misstep.

I’m tackling this topic in two articles. This article is more

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Olympus Teases the OM-D E-M1X Pro-style Mirrorless Camera


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Olympus just released this 18-second video teasing an upcoming mirrorless camera that will be announced on January 24th, 2019. From the glimpses we see, it seems clear that it’s the previously leaked OM-D E-M1X camera, which features a pro-style body that has a built-in vertical grip.

The video suggests that the camera is suited for shooting sports, and its use in wet and sandy venues suggests that there will be some solid weather-sealing present in the body.

Here are a few views of the camera teased in the video (as well as an obligatory shadowy outline):

These views match

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Canon to Ignore EF Lenses and Focus Entirely on RF in 2019: Report


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If you’ve been itching to see what the next Canon EF lens announcement will be, you may have to wait over a year to find out. Canon is reportedly pausing EF DSLR lens announcements entirely in 2019 to focus on catching up in the full-frame mirrorless camera war with new RF mirrorless lenses.

Canon Rumors reports that while Canon hasn’t released an official RF lens roadmap like Nikon has for its Z Series lenses, info from sources is allowing an unofficial lens roadmap to come into focus.

Up to 7 new RF lenses may be announced over the coming

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You Be You, I’ll Be Me: A Note to Photographers on Pricing


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If you are a member of any photography groups, I can guarantee you’ve seen the issue of pricing come up often. One of the favorite activities of some photographers seems to be analyzing/criticizing how others run their businesses. It’s wonderful to be able to ask for advice in these groups, but unsolicited criticism, or random rants on how everyone else is doing it all wrong and you’re doing it right, are never okay.

One of the main complaints I see is “you are devaluing my business by charging less than me.” I know, right? I mean that’s a complaint

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What You Need to Know About Flickr Pro’s Adobe Discount


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My name is Mattias Hedberg, and I’m a photographer based in Norrköping, Sweden. I was recently about to get the Flickr Pro upgrade and was hovering above the buy button when I decided to take a deeper look at the Adobe offer since it sounded a little too good. I was interested in other features of the plan also, but the Adobe one was very tempting.

Get 15% off Creative Cloud, Adobe’s impressive suite of creative apps that includes Lightroom and Photoshop.

I could not find any information about this offer on Flickr except this blurb. There’s nothing in

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A Brief History of B&H, The Largest Non-Chain Camera Store in the US


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The camera superstore B&H Photo Video is the largest non-chain camera store in the United States and one of the (if not the) largest in the world. The store made this 1.5-minute video that tells the story of how the juggernaut of the industry came to be.

B&H was born over 45 years ago, back in 1973, as a “mom and pop” camera store in the Tribeca neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. It took its name from its husband-and-wife co-founders Blimie and Herman, who originally had a single employee.

Over the decades, B&H grew and grew, and

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Thunderball Clothing Shuttered Due to Outrage from Arch Enemy Photo Ban


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Photographer J Salmeron of Metal Blast sparked a huge outpouring of support from other photographers and creatives last week after he shared how he was blacklisted by the band Arch Enemy while trying to protect his copyright. Now the clothing business at the center of the controversy has closed up shop in response to all the “hate and threats” it has received.

Salmeron originally shared how he discovered that Thunderball Clothing was using one of his photos without his permission to promote its products.

The (now deleted) re-post of my work by Thunderball Clothing.

The photographer offered to let Thunderball

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How This Pro Instagram Star Earns Up to $100K Climbing Peaks Full-Time


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The rise of Instagram in our culture has spawned a generation of professional Instagrammers who make a living from broadcasting (often sponsored) photos to their massive followings. Meghan Young is one such Instagrammer, and this 12-minute feature by Bloomberg gives us a look into what her life and career are like.

The 33-year-old Young spends her time climbing mountains and sharing views of her adventures with her audience.

The Mirrorless Camera Party of 2018


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DPReview just published this humorous 3-minute stop-motion video about how the full-frame mirrorless camera party was finally crashed by new brands in 2018.

“It’s time to ring in the New Year, and we invite you to join us at the Full Frame Mirrorless camera party, where we’ll meet old friends and maybe some new ones as well,” DPReview writes.

After years of enjoying the market to themselves, Sony and Leica saw Canon launch the EOS R and Nikon launch the Z6 and Z7. Panasonic also announced its upcoming S1 and S1R cameras.

It’ll be interesting to see how these major

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Lexar’s Warranty System is Being Held Up by US Govt Approval


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After shuttering its Lexar memory card business in June 2017, Micron sold the brand just 3 months later to the Chinese flash storage company Longsys and now Lexar cards are back from the grave. But Lexar is still waiting for US government approval, and the brand’s warranty process is at a standstill because of it.

A few months ago, photographer Nick Stern purchased a couple of Lexar SD memory cards and then discovered them to be faulty when his camera and computer would no longer detect them.

When Stern contacted Lexar, he was told that the company is only issuing

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Dropping Photojournalists Also Drops Photo Quality, Study Finds


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A number of prominent newspapers and magazines have laid off some or all of their photojournalists in recent years, but these moves are not without their consequences. A new study has found that switching from a photojournalist staff to non-professional photos has, to no one’s surprise, causes a significant drop in photo quality.

Professors Tara Mortensen and Peter Gade of the University of South Carolina and the University of Oklahoma, respectively, recently published the results of the study in an article titled, “Does Photojournalism Matter? News Image Content and Presentation in the Middletown (NY) Times Herald-Record Before and After

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Instagram Accidentally Switched from Vertical Scrolling to Horizontal Tapping


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If you opened up Instagram today, you may have been surprised to find that the vertical scrolling method of browsing content had been replaced with a completely different horizontal tap-based scroll. You weren’t alone, and the outcry was immediate. The good news is the switch was an accident and isn’t a permanent change to Instagram.

If you saw your timeline orientation changed, the first thing you saw when opening up Instagram was a notice that read, “Introducing a New Way to Move Through Posts.”

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Instead of swiping up and down on your screen as usual to

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How I Got Banned from Photographing the Band Arch Enemy


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Back in June I covered Fortarock, a fantastic metal festival in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. I had the opportunity to shoot bands like Dragonforce, Watain, Týr, Alestorm and Arch Enemy, all of whom are not only really fun to photograph, but also extremely talented musicians.

This being the Netherlands, shooting the festival also meant dealing with quite a bit of rain, particularly during the first day. Arch Enemy were particularly unlucky in this regard since their set coincided with a massive downpour. This meant that I had to juggle my equipment while hiding under a poncho, trying to make sure

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